Youthbuild

Earn your GED or high school diploma, start a career and become empowered by your community.

TXCC & LACC

Become part of the next generation of convervationists through environmental education, preservation and service.

Integrated Resource Crews

Get paid to serve the community, restore the environment & build lifelong relationships.

Integrated Resource Crews

New Waverly/Huntsville and Zavalla/Lufkin regions (Texas)

Texas Conservation Corps (TXCC), a program of American YouthWorks, partnering with the US Forest Service Southern Region, has positions available offering extensive training and certifications in wildland firefighting and natural resource management. Crews will spend their season completing a variety of fire response activities, prescribed burns, conservation projects, and cyclical maintenance objectives on US Forest Service National Forests and Grasslands of Texas sites.

Crew leaders are selected based on previous leadership and relevant experience and have the added responsibility of

    • guiding crews through their day to day field activities
    • providing guidance to crew members including reflection, conflict resolution, and technical training
    • communicating with partners, contractors, program staff, site supervisors, volunteers, and other members to ensure the execution of a quality program and quality projects
    • serve as the program trained driver

 

Benefits & Qualifications

Benefits
  • Monthly Living Allowance (Stipend)
    • $1,550/month for crew members
    • $1,700/month for crew leaders
  • $1,374.60-$6,495 | Segal AmeriCorps Education Award: money for qualified student loans, higher education and training programs. Learn more about AmeriCorps and this award.
  • Free health insurance
  • Non-private student loan deferment
  • First Aid & CPR certification
  • S212 Wildland Fire Chainsaw Training
  • S130 Firefighter Training / S190 Intro to Wildland Fire Behavior (allows participants to work in Wildland Fire Jobs after service)
  • Arduous Pack Test and Red Card FFT2 certification
  • Technical, professional, & soft skills training
  • Housing search assistance
  • Opportunity to network with partnering agencies: Including US Forest Service, Texas Forest Service, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and National Park Service

Qualifications
  • High School diploma or GED
  • Between the ages of 18-28 and up to 35 for veterans
  • US Citizenship or Lawful Permanent US Resident
  • Ability to pass a National Service Criminal History Check
  • Ability to pass the Arduous Work Capacity test (walk 3 miles in 45 minutes carrying 45 lbs)
  • Ability to hike 3-10 mi/day in rugged terrain while carrying tools
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather types while doing hard, often repetitive, labor with hand & power tools
  • Ability and interest to work with a diverse group of people
  • Commitment to complete the entire term of service
  • Crew leaders only: Previous leadership and relevant experience

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